You might think of an annual wellness exam as just another box you need to check on your to-do list for the year. While getting to your wellness exam might feel like a tedious task, it won’t seem so inconvenient once you learn its true importance.
The multidisciplinary experts at Alpha Care Medical in Seaford, Millsboro, Harrington, and Dover, Delaware, encourage you to book a wellness exam once a year. We offer flexible primary care scheduling, so you can choose the best time for your visit.
In this blog, our providers explain why annual wellness exams are important.
During annual wellness exams, our health experts provide preventive services that can help you stay healthy. For example, we provide immunizations and screenings.
Vaccines teach your immune system to recognize specific disease-causing bacteria or viruses. Your immune system is then equipped to make antibodies to protect you from severe illness if you come into contact with those pathogens in the future.
Our team recommends disease screenings based on your personal risk factors. If you have a family history of a specific type of cancer, for example, our team can screen for the disease. By regularly screening for a disease, there is a greater chance of catching it early if it manifests.
Unfortunately, many people don’t get their recommended screenings. In the case of colorectal cancer, one-third of adults ages 50-75 opt out of them. Additionally, we test for other things, such as your reflexes and blood pressure. If your physician finds that you have high blood pressure, for example, they can recommend lifestyle modifications or prescribe medication.
As mentioned earlier, we provide a number of screenings depending on your age, health, and other factors. If we notice any issues, we can recommend treatment. Furthermore, if we notice you have the potential of developing a condition, we can recommend lifestyle adjustments to help keep you from developing the condition.
Often, making lifestyle adjustments can decrease the risk of developing a number of diseases, such as the following:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Certain types of cancer
- High cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- Certain infections
If you’re consistent about getting your annual wellness exams, our team can evaluate trends in your health to make accurate predictions and offer more detailed long-term suggestions. They can compare their findings to those from earlier exams and show you how your health has evolved over time.
If you haven’t had an annual wellness exam in a while, now’s the time to make an appointment. To learn more, contact Alpha Care Medical today.